But until the Dems obtain significant political power in Arizona — beyond the help afforded them by the state's recent redistricting — such complaints can't help but seem petty.

I considered Vath a friend, even though we never met in person, and only conversed over the phone and via e-mail. Truthfully, he was just an ordinary guy, a political junkie who liked sports and enjoyed breaking stories about bad guys in his blog.

His widow, Mary Anne, told me that he once was a successful salesman and business owner who was sidelined in the past few years by health woes. Ironically, this is what led him to devote himself full time to Politico Mafioso.

TonyGOPrano, a.k.a. Jeff Vath, with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who called Vath "the epitome of the happy warrior."
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TonyGOPrano, a.k.a. Jeff Vath, with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who called Vath "the epitome of the happy warrior."

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Jeff Vath's memorial service is at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, at Deer Valley LDS Chapel, 2939 West Rose Garden Lane.

A couple of weeks before he went into the hospital, he phoned me and bragged about how he'd gotten a vinyl wrap for his van featuring a title I'd helped give him: "The GOP's Badass Blogger."

Next thing I knew, he was in a medically induced coma, from which he never emerged.

In fact, the first time I saw Jeff in the flesh was while he was in intensive care at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Deer Valley, unconscious and kept alive by medical equipment and the constant attention of hospital staff.

We all come with an expiration date we're unaware of. If you can help move the world in the right direction a bit before that date is up, you've done better than most.

Perhaps U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, whom Vath defended against the far right attacks of Flake's 2012 primary opponent Wil Cardon, put it best:

"Jeff was the epitome of the happy warrior, and I was happy to know him. He never tired in his pursuit to open eyes, hearts, and minds, and to bring people toward his cause."

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Saracat
Saracat

RIP Jeff.We didn't always agree, as I am a staunch Dem but we did agree on those we felt were bad apples. You were a brave and decent man and I am grateful to have known you.You will be missed.A light has gone out in AZ.

rhall528
rhall528

McCain traitor to his country should be in prison like Bradley, gave information to the enemy while being held as a enemy of Vietnam

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Rachel Alexander could learn a lot from Mr. Voth.

Then again, she's still delusional after losing her law license and her appeal. Maybe she'll remain insane...

tampfamp
tampfamp

The only thing the GOP cares about is where the next big PAYOFF is coming from lol.


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marcy
marcy

Jeff had a mind, something many Arizona Republicans, like Carl "Potato Head" Seel, and their knee jerk supporters lack.

RIP and thanks for making the world a bit more interesting

MotherJones
MotherJones

@rhall528 Bradley was not tortured. He turned over info to Wikileaks of his own volition. I don't think he should be in the position he's in, but it's way different from McCain, who was ruthlessly and repeatedly tortured by the North Vietnamese. Almost all POWs broke under this torture and gave propaganda statements for the NVs. Are they all "traitors" to you, too?

 
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